Labour leader under attack

21st December 2012 at 00:00

Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont came under attack this week when she confirmed her opposition to the Scottish government's policy of free tuition for all university students.

"Whilst it was possible to sustain a system of publicly funded higher education in an environment of relatively low participation, this is not viable in an era of mass participation without a very serious diminution in standards and quality," she said in her anniversary speech.

Education secretary Michael Russell said that if her policy had been adopted, 3,300 students accepted to university this year would not have gone. He pointed to the 6.3 per cent drop in higher education participation in England as a result of the Westminster government's fees policy, while Scottish participation had risen by 2 per cent.

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